Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating outdoor activities you can enjoy in the Smokies. Many of the rafting tour companies offer package deals so be sure to ask if you get a discount for a large group. Kids and adults alike can enjoy whitewater rafting, however, the majority of rafting companies specify that kids should be at least 8 years old. Many whitewater rafting trips take place on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg.

It’s important to write up a checklist with questions when booking a rafting trip. Some things you’ll want to ask are:

  • How long will the total time be on the river?
  • What kind of clothing shall we wear? What type of shoes?
  • What is the cost per rafter?
  • What kind of training do your guides have?
  • What other safety issues should I be aware of?
  • Do I have to be a strong swimmer?

It’s recommended that you bring along some extra clothing to change into after the rafting trip is over. Getting wet definitely is part of the experience!

All rafters will wear a Personal Flotation Device and a helmet as part of the safety regimen, and a throw rope will be available in the rafts in the eventuality that someone is thrown into the water. While it is a good idea to have some swimming capability, people who are not good swimmers can still go rafting on some of the less challenging areas of local rivers as long as they are accompanied by experienced guides.

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